Man Utd Make Enquiry for Bayern Munich Star Niklas Sule in Bid to Bolster Defensive Ranks

​Manchester United have made an enquiry to Bayern Munich over the signing of defender Niklas Sule ahead of a potential summer move.

The German centre back has enjoyed a fine season in Bavaria in which he has established himself as first choice under Niko Kovac, ahead of seasoned compatriot Jerome Boateng. Sule even scored the winner in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Werder Bremen.

The 23-year-old has been a key figure among a wave of young stars who look set to steer ​Bayern on course to their latest Bundesliga title this season. According to ​Sport1, Sule’s impressive displays have led ​Manchester United to lodge an enquiry for the powerful defender.

Having conceded 48 goals in the Premier League this term, a number which exceeds that of all their top six rivals, United must seek to improve their defensive resolve next season.

Victor Lindelof has developed into a key figure at centre half under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but the likes of Chris Smalling and ​Phil Jones remain unconvincing, despite both recently signing new contracts at Old Trafford.

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The recent elimination from the Champions League quarter finals at the hands of Barcelona was further evidence that the Red Devils do not possess a rear-guard capable of standing up to the top sides.

United were all too easily dispatched by Lionel Messi and co at Camp Nou and, if Solskjaer is to take his side forward next term, their defensive work must be worked on.

Kalidou Koulibaly has been regularly linked with a big-money switch to Old Trafford, but the Senegal international is likely to command a huge fee and, at 27, Sule could represent a better value long-term investment.

However, given his rise to prominence as a key figure for Bayern this term, Sule is unlikely to come cheap, and United may have to dig deep into their vast finances this summer to land their top targets.

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The Stat That Proves the Huge Job at Hand for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United

​Manchester United’s late-season dip has come as a surprise given their strong start to life under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but Sunday’s 4-0 defeat to Everton proved that their problems run deep.

Two goals in each half from the Toffees saw the home side blow United away at Goodison Park, as strikes from Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lucas Digne and Theo Walcott put the Red Devils to the sword and sent Solskjaer back to the drawing board.


A Manchester derby on Wednesday and a crucial clash with top four rivals ​Chelsea lie in wait for United in the next week, and they can ill-afford a similar performance in those games to that which saw them torn apart on Merseyside.

​Manchester United have conceded 48 Premier League goals in 2018/19, their highest ever tally in a single season in the competition and their most in a league campaign since 1978/79 (63), as per ​Opta.

The writing was surely on the wall when Jose Mourinho, one of the most notoriously demanding and defence-savvy coaches in Europe in recent times, struggled to impose defensive structure and stability at Old Trafford.

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In the latter stages of his spell in charge of the Red Devils, the Portuguese managed to push Victor Lindelof to perform with greater discipline and resolve but, in truth, the Swede’s improvements were the only real successful mark of Mourinho’s tenure in defensive terms.

With the likes of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly failing to convince on a consistent basis, United have largely been left to bounce between insufficient options in their defensive ranks with players who simply are not good enough to match the ambitions of such a club.

Gone are the days of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic’s stout rear-guard displays, which set the benchmark and provided the backbone for the later successes of Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign at Old Trafford.

United have invested heavily in their squad in recent years, but a fundamental lack of clear direction and incohesive business from above the manager’s head has cost them dearly.

Mourinho yearned for a big-money signing of the likes of Harry Maguire or Kalidou Koulibaly towards the end of his tenure, but Ed Woodward and co failed to provide their coach with the necessary tools to lead the club forward.

The Portuguese attempted to bang the drum and wear his heart, and the club’s crest, on his sleeve, but was ultimately made the scapegoat as Paul Pogba and co turned on their boss and brought an end to his time in charge.

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Solskjaer emerged as the saviour in succeeding Mourinho, allowing the Portuguese to continue to take the blame for United’s shortcomings this term as the Norwegian brought the feel-good factor back to Old Trafford.

However, with the season drawing to a close and United’s campaign spiralling back to square one, Solskjaer is quickly realising that it was never going to be that easy. 


The problems run far deeper, and the Red Devils legend has a huge job on his hands now that the honeymoon period is well and truly over.

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Kieran Trippier on Napoli & Man Utd’s Radar as Competition Mounts for Tottenham’s Full Back

​Napoli are interested in signing Tottenham’s Kieran Trippier following their disappointing Europa League exit, but face stiff competition from Manchester United for the England international defender.

Trippier is currently tied down to Spurs until 2022 but that hasn’t prevented clubs from expressing an interest in the right back, who has played 25 times for the north London outfit in the league this season.

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As a result of a season without silverware, which was confirmed following their Europa League elimination by Arsenal in midweek, Carlo Ancelotti’s side are now drawing up targets ahead of the summer recruitment period, with Trippier among those the club are eager on bringing to Serie A, according to ​​Gianluca Di Marzio.

​Napoli face competition from ​Manchester United, however, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in the process of conducting their own summer overhaul after an equally disappointing season for the Red Devils.

Antonio Valencia is set to leave United at the end of the season, while Matteo Darmian is likely to be sold and huge question marks remain about Ashley Young’s future at the club. As such, Solskjaer is desperate to sign a right back this summer, and has earmarked ​Spurs’ Trippier as a key target.


Following an excellent campaign for Mauricio Pochettino’s side last year, the 28-year-old played a starring role for England at the World Cup, as he helped the Three Lions reach the semi final stage.

With such high standards set for the former Burnley defender, Trippier hasn’t been able to replicate that form this term, though the player’s quality is still evident considering the interest shown in him. However, he has helped guide his club into the Champions League semi finals, while they also currently sit in the top four of the Premier League.

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Everton vs Manchester United Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

​Everton host Manchester United on Sunday afternoon, the first hurdle in what could be a make or break week for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men.

After getting dumped out of the Champions League and registering only two wins in their last seven games across all competitions, United desperately need to take all three points in order to restore some momentum in their pursuit of a top four finish.

Everton have their own incentives. A spot in the Europa League qualifying rounds is very much up for grabs as they sit only one point behind seventh place Leicester City. 

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Check out 90min’s preview of ​Sunday’s clash below.


Where to Watch

​When Is Kick Off? ​Sunday 21 April
​What Time Is Kick Off? ​13:30 (BST)
​Where Is it Played? ​Goodison Park
​TV Channel/Live Stream? ​Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League
​Referee? ​Paul Tierney

Team News

Everton, who are unbeaten in their last three home games, are set to only be without two first team players for Sunday’s clash.

Marco Silva told the media that Yerry Mina is their only injury absentee, still nursing a hamstring injury he sustained on international duty, while Andre Gomes is set to serve the first of a three-match ban following his red card in the 2-0 defeat to Fulham last weekend.

As for United, Solskjaer has confirmed Alexis Sanchez and Nemanja Matic are fit and could feature, but Ander Herrera and Eric Bailly are still sidelined along with long term absentee Antonio Valencia.

Luke Shaw will also miss out as he serves the second of a two-match ban after picking up ten yellow cards in the league.


Predicted Lineups

Everton ​Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Zouma, Digne; Davies, Gueye; Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Bernard; Calvert-Lewin.
Manchester United ​De Gea; Dalot, Smalling, Lindelof, Young; McTominay, Matic, Pogba; Lingard; Rashford, Lukaku.

Head to Head Record

United are unbeaten against Everton in their last eight games, winning six of those and recording a 2-1 victory in the reverse fixture earlier in the season. 

The Toffees’ last win came in 2015 when they completed a convincing 3-0 win at Goodison Park, however they still fall short in head to head form over time. In 200 meetings, United have won 88 compared to Everton’s 69 and they have shared the spoils 43 times. 

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It’s a fixture which has seen many players turn out for both sides throughout their careers, with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Phil NevilleMorgan Schneiderlin and Marouane Fellaini all competing for both clubs. 

Romelu Lukaku is the latest player to have this connection and will return to Goodison Park for only the second time, hoping to make an impact on the game should he be given an opportunity. 


Recent Form

Everton will be looking to bounce back after a slip up last weekend saw them lose 2-0 to Fulham at Craven Cottage. They had been in great form previously, recording three wins in a row against Chelsea, West Ham and Arsenal respectively.

They managed to keep clean sheets in each of those matches and Marco Silva will be hoping they can tighten the ship again against a United side looking to get in behind at every opportunity.

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United are still licking their wounds after a disappointing night in Barcelona which sees them without a win in their last four away games. This comes off the back of a record breaking run where they managed nine wins in a row over all competitions on the road. 

A win is vital if they want to have any chance of finishing in the top four, with games against ​Manchester City and ​Chelsea to come.

Here’s how they’ve performed in their last five fixtures.

​Everton ​Manchester United
​Fulham 2-0 Everton (13/4) ​Barcelona 3-0 Manchester United (16/4)
​Everton 1-0 Arsenal (7/4) ​Manchester United 2-1 West Ham (13/4)
​West Ham 0-2 Everton (30/3) ​Manchester United 0-1 Barcelona (10/4)
​Everton 2-0 Chelsea (17/3) ​Wolves 2-1 Manchester United (2/4)
​Newcastle 3-2 Everton (9/3) ​Manchester United 2-1 Watford (30/3)

Prediction

This is usually a tasty clash and Sunday afternoon has all the ingredients to produce another gripping encounter. 

United will do whatever they can to get the win and will not be afraid to throw everything they have at ​Everton, knowing it’s all or nothing.

This shouldn’t phase the Toffees as they’ll be confident having dismantled top six opposition a few times at home this season. 

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In the end, ​United should manage to come away victorious, with more on the line and a point to prove after a run of bad performances. 

Prediction: Everton 1-3 Manchester United

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Kalidou Koulibaly Reacts to Manchester United Links After Napoli Knocked Out of Europa League

​Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly has insisted he will only think about his future at the end of the season, as he continues to be linked with a summer move to Manchester United.

Koulibaly is thought to be one of the Red Devils’ primary targets ahead of the summer transfer window and is expected to cost at least £90m, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to rebuild his squad to fight for trophies next season.

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​Speaking after ​Napoli’s elimination from the Europa League at the hands of ​Arsenal on Thursday, Koulibaly insisted he has no immediate plans to leave the ​Serie A, but will consider his next move in the summer.

He said: “I grew up in this league. It’s the league that made me the player I am today. To me what matters most is to finish the season well, then we’ll see.”

Manager Carlo Ancelotti confirmed to Tuttosport (via ​Goal) that Koulibaly will soon have a release clause of €150m in his contract, adding that only such an offer would tempt the club to sell.

He said: “The best centre-back in the world? Yes. And he has more room for improvement. He’s worth €150m and he is non-transferable. Koulibaly’s contract will expire in 2023. In 2021 he will have a €150m release clause, but Napoli do not need to sell, the president does not want to sell and the question does not arise.”

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​United have been linked with a number of centre-backs as part of their squad overhaul, and Solskjaer is said to have been ​given a transfer kitty of around £250m to help strengthen the squad.

Koulibaly is near the top of their wish list, but there are plenty of other stars who have found their names linked with a move to Old Trafford. Ajax sensation Matthijs de Ligt and ​Borussia Dortmund‘s Jadon Sancho are both thought to be in United’s sights, in what promises to be a hectic summer.

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